If your farm vehicle uses a traditional power steering system, it is bound to have problems. Just like other car systems, auto steer systems require preventive care and maintenance. If the steering system has issues, it needs repairs. If you drive the vehicle for long periods with the steering problems, it will cause damage that is more serious. There are a few indicators for repair of auto steer systems that you should know to help you visit your local farming equipment repair service on time.
Signs of a Faulty Auto Steer System
If you experience the following on your steering wheel, it means that the steering system has a problem or it is going to have one soon.
1. Rigid Steering Wheel
One of the most noticeable symptoms of a problem is a steering wheel that is difficult to turn. The problem is brought about by absence of fluid in the system caused by a fluid leak. However, the problem could also be attributed to the actual mechanics of the steering system. It is advisable to visit a mechanic in your farming equipment repair shop to diagnose and fix the problem.
Causes of auto steering wheel failure
• Low Fluid
• Snapped belt
• Worn pump
How to clean the steering wheel
Start by removing grime and dirt from the surface. Use a damp cotton cloth and use it to wash the leather using leather cleaner. The next step is to apply a leather conditioner using your hands to keep the leather soft, flexible, and durable. Massage the conditioner into the leather for at least a minute. Leave the conditioner for about 30 minutes to allow the leather to absorb the oils and then rub away using a clean towel.
2. Whining Noises
This is noise that is heard as the wheel turns; it is an indication of steering system problems. The noise is produced by the steering pump as it tries to function with insufficient amounts of steering fluid. It can also be caused by a faulty pump meaning that it does not pump fluid efficiently. If you hear odd noises as you drive around corners check if the steering reservoir is full. If the reservoir is full, it means that you will need to install a new steering pump.
3. Vibration of the Steering Wheel
A vibrating steering indicates an upcoming steering problem. The vibration is caused by a malfunctioning drive belt where it makes the steering wheel shake back and forth. This problem is caused by a slipping belt or a torn one. You can establish of the source of trouble is the belt by doing a simple test. Start the vehicle and keep it in neutral or park and then steer the steering wheel over the full steering radius. If you notice vibration of the steering wheel at a certain spot, rest assured that the issue is directly related to a faulty drive belt.
4. Loose Steering Wheel
If the steering wheel is not reacting properly or it feels really loose, it is a sign of a problem in the steering system. You should have it checked by a professional, as it could also be an indication of a wheel alignment problem.